FAREWELL RECEPTION – The Bridgeport Economic Development Corp. board of directors will hold a farewell reception for William Myers, outgoing executive director, 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at Sagebrush Cafe in Bridgeport.
CARDS IN THE PARK – Bridgeport Parks and Rec’s seventh annual Christmas Cards in the Park will be displayed through Monday, Jan. 6, in Harwood Park.
RED KETTLE CAMPAIGN – The Bridgeport Salvation Army Unit is looking for bell-ringers to conclude the Christmas 2013 Red Kettle campaign. One-hour slots are available this Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Wal-Mart and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Brookshire’s and Market Place. To sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 940-683-2780.
GT CURRICULUM NIGHT – Decatur ISD Gifted and Talented curriculum night and kindergarten nomination meeting is 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Decatur High School. For more information, email Danielle Scroggins at Danielle.email@example.com.
PARADE OF LIGHTS – Decatur’s Parade of Lights is 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20. Lineup begins at 5 p.m. behind Eagle Stadium.
RINGERS WANTED – Bell ringers are needed daily at Wal-Mart until Christmas to wrap up the 2013 Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign in Decatur. To sign up as an individual or as a group, call Tana Fedric at 940-627-5859. All money collected by the Salvation Army at the Wal-Mart location stays in Wise County thanks to local volunteers.
KEEPING WARM – Chili’s in Decatur is accepting children’s gloves, mittens and hats through Christmas Eve. All donations will be given to local, needy children. For more information, call 940-627-2519.
TOY DRIVE – Trey Horn with Farmer’s Insurance is sponsoring a toy drive now through Dec. 21 for Wise Kid Care Center. Toys may be donated at 1559 W. U.S. 380, in Decatur. For more information, call Gina at 940-626-2188.
LIGHTNG UP THE BAY – Members of the Greater Runaway Bay Alliance have compiled a map of all local homes and businesses decorated for the holidays. Copies of the map are available at local businesses, City Hall and outside the civic center.
COLLECTING TOYS – Wise Foundation is collecting new, unwrapped toys and Spanish Bibles to give to kids on their mission trip to Mexico. To donate, call 940-393-9684, 940-393-9761 or 940-393-9753 (Spanish), before Friday, Dec. 20.
SMOKED MEAT – Wise Electric Co-op will be smoking 75 briskets ($50) and 50 hams ($40). All proceeds benefit local charities. Call 940-627-2167 to place an order. Pickup is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20.
FUEL FOR A CURE – The Cancer Center at Wise will be collecting Wal-Mart gift cards in increments of $25 to help cancer patients pay for gas. Many patients travel long distances every day. Donated gift cards can be dropped off at the Center 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call Laura Tanner at 940-626-2300.
ATTENTION VETERANS – The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service Southern Region is accepting applications for veterans who want to gain skills in prescribed fire and wildland fire suppression now through Monday, Dec. 30. For more information, call Deidre Smith at 334-421-8414.
EXPERIENCE WORKS – Experience Works helps low-income seniors with multiple barriers to employment get the training they need to find good jobs in Decatur and Wise County. Experience Works is a national, charitable, community-based program. Originally named Green Thumb and chartered in 1965 as a small, rural demonstration program, Experience Works has grown to be the nation’s leading provider of training, employment and community service for low-income older people. The program is funded by grants, contracts, foundations and contributions from organizations and individuals. For more information, call Amanda White at 817-771-3370 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DRIVERS NEEDED – Metroport Meals On Wheels in Roanoke needs drivers. The organization serves southwest Wise County including Aurora, Newark, Boyd and Rhome. Meals are picked up from Tater Junction and delivered during the lunch hour Monday through Friday. Drivers may volunteer one day a week or just a few days per month. For more information, call Amy Bennos at 817-491-8534.
NORTHWEST READS – The Northwest ISD Partners in Education program seeks volunteers for the sixth annual Northwest Reads 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23. Participants will choose from a variety of books to read to pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade students at one of the school district’s 17 elementary schools. This event provides community members with an opportunity to inspire young NISD students to become lifelong readers. For more information, call 817-215-0172.
MOBILE APP – Northwest ISD will release the second phase of its mobile app on Wednesday, Jan. 22. The update will include the ability to check your student’s grades, attendance, lunch account balance and more. The NISD Mobile App is available on Google Play and the Apple iTunes store. For more information, go to www.nisdtx.org/mobileapp.